NZ PM Jacinda Ardern admits vaccine passports will create two-tiered society
The Prime Minister of New Zealand has admitted that vaccine passports are segregating society into two different classes, by affording those who get the Covid jab more rights than to vaccination skeptics, who are in “the second tier.”
And PM Jacinda Ardern said this with a smile in response to a New Zealand Herald reporter’s question, who recalled that she previously stated that the country’s Covid policies would create a two-tier system in her country.
The journalist seemed to expect her to rephrase that statement or push back in any way, reminding Ardern of what she had said, and adding, “you probably don’t see it like this.”
However, she does, and then some. “That is what it is, yup,” Ardern said with a smile and a smirk, nodding her head.
The interviewer then remarked that she was reportedly previously hoping “not to have to do that,” i.e., introduce Covid passes, while the country was able to maintain what is known as its virus “elimination” policy (achieving 0 Covid cases through bans on international travel and strict lockdowns), and asked whether it was because of the new infections occurring that she has changed her mind.
The prime minister responded by saying that New Zealand had high vaccination rates even without the certificates, but that it occurred to her they can have other uses than simply drive vaccination.
Ardern called the certificates – which are proving to be a highly politically and socially divisive issue in countries around the world – “tools for confidence.”
According to her, those vaccinated will want to know that they are safe in the company of others like themselves.
Reports say that just under 60 percent of all eligible New Zealanders have gotten the jab so far, and on Friday, Ardern said that the figure would have to reach 90 percent before restrictions are lifted under a new strategy to fight the epidemic, dubbed “the traffic light system.”
It will leave unvaccinated people unable to go to restaurants, gyms, and have access to similar establishments, while they will also be prohibited from gathering in groups larger than 10.
Speaking on Friday, Ardern also said that “nobody wants that to happen” but that people will be stripped of some of the rights that will be enjoyed by those who have been vaccinated.
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Vaccine passports and the two-tiered system translated to American English by Dave Crow, because sometimes Kiwi prime ministers are hard to understand.
Ms. Ardern, Defending the two-tiered system basically tells us:
Vaccine passports are a tool for confidence. People who have been vaccinated are now fairly certain that the vaccines will not make them immune to COVID-19. In other words, they have a nagging suspicion that the vaccines don’t work.
They’ll want to know that they’re around other believers like themselves who need to believe that they did the right thing. They’ll want to believe the in a safe environment, an environment free of any reminder that they may have made the wrong choice, where the efficacy of the vaccines will never be openly pondered or even worse, discussed.
We need the vaccinated to think that we have done everything we can to make them safe, despite the fact that they are not immune from the disease.
The vaccine passports will give people a sense of false confidence so that they can come back out and start enjoying hospitality and events, free of others who have not chosen their particular path.
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